Drink & DrawBots

June 21, 2017


Join us for a night of drinking and creating machines that draw and paint. Successfully make a DrawBot art-generating machine and your hands will be free for more–you guessed it–drinking!


All levels of experience with electronics, drawing, and drinking are welcome. Supplies will be provided by us. All donations support free and low-cost programming at Open Source!

This event will be led by Eric Wood. Eric is a front end engineer, a tinkerer and displaced Austinite. Sometimes he makes music even, but really he just wants to build cool things.

This event is inspired by our BitBots after school program. Open Source Gallery has taught BitBots workshops in multiple schools, the MoMA, The Cooper Hewitt Design Center, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and at a TEDxYouth Day event at the Brooklyn Museum. It is a STEAM initiative that invites students to innovate, prototype, iterate, design and incorporate new technology with other materials to make something that does something. We use littleBits, simple electronic modules, each with specific functions, which can be snapped together with magnets to create large and elaborate circuits for prototyping and play. At Drink & DrawBots, we create generative art (created with the use of an automonous system) by created DrawBots that can often function as sculptures in their own right.

Volunteer with HomeGrown

Francesco Simeti: Swell | Press Release | Installation View | Artist Reception | Closing Reception | Volunteer with HomeGrown | Exhibit by the Brooklyn Urban Garden School | On Brooklyn Pulp

April 29, 2017
12pm to 4pm
Detective Joseph Mayrose Park


In his current exhibit at Open Source, Swell, Francesco Simeti explores human impact on our environment–in particular, our local waterways and watersheds in Brooklyn.

On April 29, join HomeGrown, get your hands dirty and do something good for our local environment!

HomeGrown is seeking volunteers to do work at Detective Joseph Mayrose Park. Volunteers are needed to:

Create a Pollinator Garden
Pollinator gardens will be planted with native plants that nurture and support bees, butterflies and birds. Volunteers will help prep beds and plant wildflower seedlings at the park. Children welcome!

Make Wildflower Seed Balls
This volunteer opportunity is especially for children! Children will mix seeds with dirt and clay then scatter the seedballs throughout the park. This is a fun DIY project that will contribute to the Butterfly Garden! *Especially for children!

Learn more about volunteering at the Butterfly Garden and Detective Joseph Mayrose Park at www.homegrownbklyn.org

For a map to the parks’ volunteer activities on April 29, contact Homegrown: outreach@homegrownbklyn.org

This project is presented in collaboration with Francesco Simeti’s Swell at Open Source and is sponsored by HomeGrown Parks Volunteers and City Parks Foundation / Partnerships for Parks.

South Slope Open Studios

April 29-30, 2017

SS Studio Tour Poster 3/28 FINAL

Newsreels from the Resistance

Meerkat Media Collective | Facebook Event

April 6, 2017


On Thursday, April 6, Meerkat Media Collective will present a series of short films from their Newsreels from the Resistance project. Members of the collective will be in attendance.

Newsreels from the Resistance is a series of shorts that capture local grassroots social movements in New York City under the new Trump Era. Featuring the work of all seventeen active members of the Meerkat Media Collective, they hope that this ongoing documentary project will inspire, educate and elevate.

Meerkat Media Collective is an artistic community that shares resources and skills to incubate individual and shared creative work. They are committed to a collaborative, consensus-based process that values diverse experience and expertise. They support the creation of thoughtful and provocative stories that reflect a complex world. Their work has been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and many other networks, and screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and CPH:Dox. Founded as an informal arts collective in 2005 Meerkat Media Collective has grown to include a cooperatively-owned production company and a collective of artists in residence.

Meerkat Media Collective currently accepting applications for their 2017-2018 residency cycle until April 1, 2017. More info here.


Wander | Liinu Grönlund: It could have been | The Creators Collective | TICKETS

March 18, 2017

Nia & Ness during "The City is Our Playground," an evening of performance inspired by i Collective, 2016

Nia & Ness during “The City is Our Playground,” an evening of performance inspired by i Collective, 2016

Wander is an afternoon of performance inspired by artist, Liinu Grönlund. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Grönlund works with video and film, with an interest in remoteness and extremes, collaborating with scientists, and wandering in disappearing worlds. THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE will present works from artists of different disciplines that connect with the themes in this exhibition, immersed in the exhibit itself.

5th Digit Dance (dance)
Caylee Shimizu (dance)
Joe Monteleone (dance)
Jonathan Doherty (video)
Marissa Hutton (dance)
Nia & Ness (dance + spoken word)
Omer Ephron (dance)
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross (dance)

Each artist will perform in two of the three sessions: 2:00pm, 3:30pm and 5:00pm. Space is very limited, given the intimate nature of the venue. Consider purchasing tickets in advance. Buy your ticket here!

SESSION 1 | 2:00PM
5th Digit Dance
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Nia & Ness
Omer Ephron
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross

SESSION 2 | 3:30PM
5th Digit Dance
Caylee Shimizu
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Marissa Hutton
Nia & Ness

SESSION 3 | 5:00PM
Caylee Shimizu
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Marissa Hutton
Omer Ephron
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross

Artist talk with Liinu Grönlund

It could have been | Press release | Installation View | Artist talk

February 27, 2017


Join us for an artist talk with Liinu Grönlund about her current exhibit at Open Source, It could have been.

It could have been is a video essay; an associative collection of ideas, diary notes and dreamy images combining environmental issues and politics of recent years. The rat, an animal that is controversial, hated, feared and scientifically-used, is in the spotlight. Grönlund became interested in rats after reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book in which author Elizabeth Kolbert explores human influence on the climate and environment. Over the history of the planet, there have been five major mass extinctions where the biodiversity was suddenly decimated. We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction: the largest since the event that killed the dinosaurs. Throughout history rats have proven to be an effective colonizer, flourishing in each new environment they find and destroying endemic species populations while propagating at rapid rates.

Today corruption and imbalance of power across the globe are painfully obvious dilemmas, yet peace agreements, equality and climate change solutions still seem unreachable. Inspired by rats’ talent for survival and their similarities to humans, It could have been explores the dark fantasy of rats inheriting the earth from humans. Grönlund has spent time observing rats’ behavior, witnessing for herself the adaptability, empathy and intelligence that researchers have shown them to possess. She explores ideas about how to transfer knowledge to another species, reading from her favorite authors to the rats in an effort to make the information immortal. It could have been connects humanity to the natural world, intertwining our future and current events to other possibilities. Linking an alternate history–or prediction of the future–to a feeling of powerlessness, It could have been questions if there is still time and ways to create something alternative, something entirely new, to replace our violent man-made systems that destroy both biodiversity and humanity?

Liinu Grönlund (b. 1984) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Helsinki. She received her MA in documentary film from the University of Art and Design (Helsinki) and an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Grönlund’s work often takes the form of a poetic film that combine personal experiences, politics and history. She is interested in remoteness and extremes, working together with scientists and activists. Her work has been exhibited at places such as Galleria Huuto (Finland), Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland, curated by Boshko Boskovic) and Studio Voltaire (UK, curated by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren) among others. Her work has been shown at festivals such as the Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival (Finland), Tampere Film Festival (Finland), Wild-screen (Ireland) and the Yebizo International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions (Japan, curated by Junya Yamamine) among others. Grönlund’s film about scientists working in the vanishing forests of Madagascar will premier in May 2017. In Fall 2017, Grönlund will begin an artist residency with Triangle Arts.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, AVEK Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


People’s State of the Union

USDAC | RSVP on Action Network | Facebook Event

February 2, 2016


In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.

Since 2015, the USDAC has hosted the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union. More than 120 communities have taken part for each of the last two years.

The People’s State of the Union has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation, and a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. Story Circles bring people together to share stories from their own experience. Stories are uploaded to an online story portal where they can be shared and browsed. Then—inspired by these stories—an invited group of poets collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live. This year, Story Circles will take place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. The Poetic Address will be hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Pop-Up Dinner: Freedom of speech is paramount

February 16, 2017
Make your reservation here!


The Open Source Pop-Up Dinner is a curated event that aims to bring the community together for excellent food, great wine, and discussion about the topic of the evening. The topic of this Pop-Up Dinner will be: Freedom of speech is paramount.

The theme of each dinner is taken from the 11 Commandments of the cHURCH OF MONIKA, a set of concepts that Open Source staff, board members and supporters view as important in community and art. Rather than having our commandments set in stone, these can (and have) changed over the years–and are always open to suggestions from our community.

This dinner will be hosted by Lisa Evreinoff Linker and Pim Zeegers, founder of Pim Philip Experiences, which provides custom travel and event experiences in NYC. Special guests Stacie Evans, Scott Lowe and Shane Mayack will be in attendance.

What’s for Dinner?
Mushroom and herb consommé
Ratatouille with potato, parsnip flowers and fresh salad
Winter apple orange tarts with Dutch dry fruit compote
*All courses are vegetarian*

How much does it cost?
$100 includes a prix fixe meal with wine pairings. All proceeds support free and low-cost programs at Open Source. Advance reservations are required. Make your reservation here!

Where is it?
The event will be held on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. On the day before the dinner, you will receive the exact location via e-mail.

Special guests:
Stacie Evans lives in Brooklyn, in a real “neighborhood neighborhood” where people ring the bell to borrow sugar or eggs and then leave fresh-baked cookies or a bottle of fancy olive oil or wine as a thank you. She is a four-time alum of VONA Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color. Stacie has told stories at How to Build a Fire, and is a frequent reader at Big Words, Etc. Stacie writes essays, stories, angry rants … and poems. She also writes and draws Adventures in Racism, a comic.

Scott Lowe is an HHMI Investigator, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Member, Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Chairman of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center, and Professor, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Scientific Advisor, Mirimus. His work focuses on characterizing tumor-suppressor networks and how mutations in network components influence tumorigenesis and resistance to chemotherapy. His goals are to identify new therapeutic targets and to develop more effective strategies for using existing cancer drugs in an individualized way. He received his Ph.D. from MIT and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award and the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research.

Shane Mayack is a scientist who was inspired to work on ways to remove barriers that exist in commercialization of scientific innovations, particularly those that could positively impact health, while working as Scientific Consultant/Project Manager at Cold Spring Harbor Labs. At CSHL, she worked directly with Dr. Jim Watson (discoverer of DNA and pioneer of the filed of Molecular Biology) on initiatives aimed at finding more treatments and cures for incurable cancer. She received her Ph. D. from UMASS Medical Center. She is a Founding Member & Scientific Advisor at Gene-Home Inc and the Executive Director of Ligo Project.

KOKO Open House

January 28, 2016
239 17th St., Brooklyn


Don’t miss one of KOKO’s most exciting events of the year! On January 28th come see what the kids in the Build-A-House Workshop have been creating all semester: their very own house!

This group of kids, all under the age of 12, have been working extremely hard throughout the semester to create a structure made out of repurposed materials. They have gone through every step from drawing up plans to cutting their own lumber.

Come show your support for these children and your local community by walking through our open house, which so wonderfully reflects the creative and sustainable possibilities of our Brooklyn neighborhood.

Annual Open Source Fundraiser

Open Source Fundraiser | TICKETS! | Art for Auction | Guest Speakers | New Space Announcement | Facebook Event

December 9, 2016
Buy tickets here!


Join us to celebrate another great year and an exciting programming schedule to come–2017 will be bigger and better than ever!

Each year our annual fundraiser has a greater impact on our programming than the last. This year’s fundraiser will include food, drinks, a silent auction of artwork and special guests: curator Omar López-Chahoud (Untitled) and Elise Long (Spoke the Hub)!

Our silent auction will include work by Josef Albers, Francesco Simeti, Tanya Habjouqa, Anja Matthes, Ethan Crenson and many more!

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support our 2017 programming!

Our 2017 schedule will include exhibitions by: Liinu Grönlund, Francesco Simeti, Sana Obaid, Andrew Snyder, Omar López-Chahoud and Kimberly Mayhorn

This past year saw amazing exhibitions by art collectives, art groups and artist-run spaces from across the globe including: Rawiya (Middle East), guerilla-art.mx (Mexico), i Collective (Germany), Another Space (Denmark), Healing Arts Initiative (NYC), Dimensions Variable (Florida), Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway), /rive (NYC), SiTE:LAB (Michigan), Videokaffe (Finland) and Boa Mistura (Spain). We presented public art projects by Boa Mistura, Yescka and Ethan Crenson. Panel discussions explored themes from representations in the Middle East to art and collaboration to stigma of mental illness. Our children’s workshops helped kids to create soap box cars, boats, skateboards, forts, greenhouses, robots and more–and our arts education program made appearances at the World Maker Faire, Emoticon, Art Slope and the Brooklyn Public Library!

A big thank you to this year’s sponsors: Associated Market, Big Nose Full Body, Trader Joe’s and Warsteiner

Early bird tickets will be available until December 1st. Can’t make it to the fundraiser? Donate here!

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2018 Exhibitions
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Xyza Bacani
Betty Yu
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Soup Kitchen 2017
2017 Exhibitions
Kimberly Mayhorn: Transcend
Reimagining Tradition
The Fire Theory: ICE
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
10th Annual South Slope Derby
Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion